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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#701 Post by Frank Murray III » July 5th, 2019, 6:21 pm

  • NV Mouzon-Leroux & Fils Champagne Grand Cru l’Ascendant Extra Brut Réserve - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (7/5/2019)
    First of two. Disgorged May 2017, 50% 2013 base with a solera from 2010-2012 for the other 50%. 60% PN / 40% Chard from Verzy, with 3 g/l dosage. This has a pronounced dried lime note, with a baked apple (the wine is raised in wood, so perhaps this gives the apple pie note), finishing with some honey and raspberry...Retasting from last night's leftovers, a little CO2 has remained but most of it has gone. What's left behind is a gentle effervescence, and the emergence of some citrusy grapefruit. This is a really cool Champagne, one I will look to add reload some more to the cellar.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#702 Post by Brad Baker » July 5th, 2019, 8:59 pm

Robert M yers wrote:
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Robert,

They normally always come wrapped in paper/plastic combo and then are inserted into a straw holder with the booklet in between. All bottles get it whether packed in a six pack (normally wooden) or a single wooden box. Each booklet corresponds to a particular bottle number in that release of the specific 1,911 bottles. If the straw was removed when you received them then the booklet would have also disappeared since nothing was there to hold it with the bottle.
Brad opened the six pack I ordered, but I’m doubtful that it’s the same as the last because they had to go to the distributor to “find” more. They did go out of their way to get me the insert though which I appreciated and here it is. Any insight you can give on this...or how to decode would be appreciated.
Robert,

I will never understand the logic behind the '1911'. It used to be one release of 1,911 bottles per year and then it became a couple, then four, and now it seems like twenty per year. The closest release to yours that I have had is cuvee/release 72 which was disgorged about five weeks before your release 76 (each release is 1,911 bottles). The wine is likely based on 2008 with reserves from a blend containing wines from possible vintages of 2006-2010. I would expect something a bit younger and thinner than past releases; maybe it just needs age, but I found it lacking compared to past releases.
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#703 Post by michael ottesen » July 6th, 2019, 8:46 am

Bereche Rive Gauche Meunier.First time i had s 100% Meunier champagne,very nice.

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#704 Post by EHeffner » July 7th, 2019, 9:10 am

Over this long weekend, I opened a couple bottles from Laherte Freres: a BnB brut nature and a rose de Meunier. Enjoyed both immensely. So much so that I ran to my shop to grab more of the BnB (the rose was not sourced locally).

I can see why people like this producer. Easily becoming on one of my favorites.
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#705 Post by Frank Murray III » July 9th, 2019, 8:07 pm

  • NV Moussé Fils Champagne Brut Rose Effusion - France, Champagne (7/9/2019)
    First of two that were backfills for my initial purchase. The disgorge date has changed with my most recent order too, now listed as 10/02/2017 so I presume that is February 2017? Dosage remains 6 g/l, built with 92% PM and 8% PN. This has a ruby color, and it drinks with a brisk core of acidity and spine, mixing crisp raspberry and strawberry nicely together. I paid $36 US for these, and I wish I had bought more as the wine is delicious.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#706 Post by Frank Murray III » July 21st, 2019, 7:06 pm

  • 2012 Francis Boulard Champagne Rosé de Saignée Extra Brut - France, Champagne (7/21/2019)
    First of two. Not much experience with Boulard to this point but we're learning some more here. They are just north (by amount 20 miles) of another favorite producer of mine, Mousse Fils. This bottling is 50% PN / 50% PM, disgorged August 2018 with 3 g/l of dosage and certified AB biologique. This pours a distinctly peach tone. It's crisp, with strawberry and what my senses want to say as mandarin orange, or a citrusy fruit. Kind of racy and minerally, with a fresh, clean finish. Nothing sweet or heavy here. Terrific.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
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2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
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#707 Post by Craig G » July 21st, 2019, 8:26 pm

I’m not very familiar with Boulard but I just bought some Les Murgiers in a K&L auction. We drank a bottle last week, which was shipped to my friends who are hosting Arnaud Lallement’s (L’Assiette Champenoise) son while he’s doing a stage at Manresa. We really enjoyed it so when it came up for sale I decided to go for it. Very dry and crisp with interesting character from 100% Pinot Meunier. I’m looking forward to trying it again.
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#708 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » July 22nd, 2019, 3:12 am

2008 veuve, actually very good.

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#709 Post by YLee » July 22nd, 2019, 4:34 am

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
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2008 veuve, actually very good.
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#710 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » July 22nd, 2019, 5:39 am

Frank Murray III wrote:
July 21st, 2019, 7:06 pm
  • 2012 Francis Boulard Champagne Rosé de Saignée Extra Brut - France, Champagne (7/21/2019)
    First of two. Not much experience with Boulard to this point but we're learning some more here. They are just north (by amount 20 miles) of another favorite producer of mine, Mousse Fils. This bottling is 50% PN / 50% PM, disgorged August 2018 with 3 g/l of dosage and certified AB biologique. This pours a distinctly peach tone. It's crisp, with strawberry and what my senses want to say as mandarin orange, or a citrusy fruit. Kind of racy and minerally, with a fresh, clean finish. Nothing sweet or heavy here. Terrific.
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Big fan of Boulard. We happened upon a large parcel at very attractive prices several years ago, and have been drinking them ever since. I can confirm that both Les Murgiers and the Grande Montagne age beautiful for a number of years from disgorgement.

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#711 Post by Frank Murray III » July 23rd, 2019, 1:16 pm

Sarah, my wife and I finished the Boulard last night, AFTER I had taken it from the freezer where I had left it the previous day. [pwn.gif]

Actually tasted fine once it had unfrozen. blush

Since the heat has picked up again in the OC, I think tonight I'll give the Mousse Fils Anecdote Extra Brut a look. Picked it up yesterday at Hitime for $45, 100% Chardonnay, so interested to try it as I didn't taste it when we visited last year.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#712 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » July 23rd, 2019, 1:29 pm

Frank Murray III wrote:
July 23rd, 2019, 1:16 pm
Sarah, my wife and I finished the Boulard last night, AFTER I had taken it from the freezer where I had left it the previous day. [pwn.gif]

Actually tasted fine once it had unfrozen. blush
Oops. I've done that before, once to a magnum of 1982 Deutz. :(

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#713 Post by Frank Murray III » July 23rd, 2019, 6:13 pm

Here is the note on the Anecdote I am enjoying tonight. The Mousse website doesn't list a vintage and they also show the dosage to be 2 g/l so maybe things get clearer in time with this bottling. Turns out I did taste this during my visit to Mousse last year, with the confusion again being NV versus Vintage as to why I couldn't find my own TN. Good stuff again from Mousse.
  • NV Moussé Fils Champagne Anecdote Blanc de Blancs Brut Lieu Dit Les "Varosses" - France, Champagne (7/23/2019)
    Bought 2 of these this week for $45 US. Last tasted at the winery in 2018, which I logged as NV. Despite Hitime Cellars listing this as a 2013 on their website, I can find anything to back that up so I am going to use NV as the designation. 100% Chard, disgorged August 2017 with 5 g/l dosage. This is the single plot of Chard that Mousse farrms, formerly planted to Pinot Meunier, but was ripped out and planted with the Chard which does better on this section of the vineyard where the green clay lies. This is what I would call mouthfilling, with plenty of green apple, ginger, lemon and some lees seasoning the wine. A cool swath of saline refreshes the finish. This is a generous, rounder bubbly that is easy to drink, with the right level of acidity and fruit to make it all work. Worth picking up a few more next time I am down in Costa Mesa. Of note, there doesn't seem to be much of this in CT so I am not sure how much makes it to the US.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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#714 Post by K John Joseph » July 24th, 2019, 8:35 am

Roger Coulon Premier Cru Reserve de L'Hommee About equal parts pinot noir, meunier, and chard. 3g/l dosage. Surprisingly rich and yeasty, with good bread and ginger notes and a hint of fruit and some salinity. Maybe just not all coming together very smoothly but a nice wine. 90

Vouette & Sorbee Fidele Brut Nature Blanc de Noir. This is really neat stuff. It's got a much lighter mousse and is really vinous. Lovely notes of peach and cherry, graham cracker and a hint of almond. It's wicked. It's so smooth and fruit driven, but almost has structure aside from the nice balance of acid and mousse. Very intense and very delicious. I'll be going back to the well here. This was a very pleasant surprise. 93.
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#715 Post by Frank Murray III » July 24th, 2019, 12:31 pm

K John Joseph wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 8:35 am
Roger Coulon Premier Cru Reserve de L'Hommee About equal parts pinot noir, meunier, and chard. 3g/l dosage. Surprisingly rich and yeasty, with good bread and ginger notes and a hint of fruit and some salinity. Maybe just not all coming together very smoothly but a nice wine. 90

Vouette & Sorbee Fidele Brut Nature Blanc de Noir. This is really neat stuff. It's got a much lighter mousse and is really vinous. Lovely notes of peach and cherry, graham cracker and a hint of almond. It's wicked. It's so smooth and fruit driven, but almost has structure aside from the nice balance of acid and mousse. Very intense and very delicious. I'll be going back to the well here. This was a very pleasant surprise. 93.
John, do you still have the Vouette bottle? I'd be curious to know which vintage is driving the bottle you enjoyed. As some of us have discussed before, the inclusion I believe of reserve wines in Vouette's champagnes preclude him from declaring a vintage but there should be label data on there to help us understand which one you had/have. Be appreciative if you would share that.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#716 Post by K John Joseph » July 24th, 2019, 1:18 pm

Frank Murray III wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 12:31 pm
K John Joseph wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 8:35 am
Roger Coulon Premier Cru Reserve de L'Hommee About equal parts pinot noir, meunier, and chard. 3g/l dosage. Surprisingly rich and yeasty, with good bread and ginger notes and a hint of fruit and some salinity. Maybe just not all coming together very smoothly but a nice wine. 90

Vouette & Sorbee Fidele Brut Nature Blanc de Noir. This is really neat stuff. It's got a much lighter mousse and is really vinous. Lovely notes of peach and cherry, graham cracker and a hint of almond. It's wicked. It's so smooth and fruit driven, but almost has structure aside from the nice balance of acid and mousse. Very intense and very delicious. I'll be going back to the well here. This was a very pleasant surprise. 93.
John, do you still have the Vouette bottle? I'd be curious to know which vintage is driving the bottle you enjoyed. As some of us have discussed before, the inclusion I believe of reserve wines in Vouette's champagnes preclude him from declaring a vintage but there should be label data on there to help us understand which one you had/have. Be appreciative if you would share that.
It was recycled today, I believe. But if it's still in my in-kitchen recycle bin, I'll pull it out and let you know. I do love that they print their info on the back label. Actually both of these wines had printed disgorgement and dosage info, and maybe vintage inclusion?
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#717 Post by Frank Murray III » July 24th, 2019, 3:10 pm

Thanks, John.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#718 Post by michael ottesen » July 25th, 2019, 10:00 am

Bereche pinot meunier rive Gauche
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#719 Post by Charlie Carnes » July 25th, 2019, 1:14 pm

Just had a singing bottle of Marie Courtin rose. Very, very nice.
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#720 Post by Warren Taranow » July 27th, 2019, 11:15 pm

2004 Taittinger Comtes
This has gained a lot of density since my last bottle a few years ago. Not as sweet and viscous as the '06, but more balanced and poised. Equal parts white fruit and citrus, brioche and the light nutty notes of 15 years of age. This was one of my favorite bottles of the year.
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#721 Post by Jim Stewart » July 28th, 2019, 9:16 am

NV Louis Roederer "Brut Premier"
Gee, I thought this was very nice. Balanced, lively, appley, bready taste. And a pretty, centered bubble cone as a visual bonus. A 375 ml bottle.
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#722 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » July 28th, 2019, 9:47 am

1997 Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion - Scrumptious, mature and nutty, a perfect caviar pairing and utterly satisfying.

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#723 Post by Merrill Lindquist » July 28th, 2019, 4:36 pm

In contention for Champagne of the year, last night a perfect Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Blancs "La Boloree." If some Champagnes are identified by their yeasty/bready character, this one was forward in the floral department. I loved it.
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#724 Post by Frank Murray III » July 28th, 2019, 4:52 pm

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 4:36 pm
In contention for Champagne of the year, last night a perfect Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Blancs "La Boloree." If some Champagnes are identified by their yeasty/bready character, this one was forward in the floral department. I loved it.
Merrill, nice. I need to open one of these.

Just opened a Vouett et Sorbee Argile, base of 2014. Love the focus of the wine.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#725 Post by Warren Taranow » July 28th, 2019, 5:10 pm

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 4:36 pm
In contention for Champagne of the year, last night a perfect Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Blancs "La Boloree." If some Champagnes are identified by their yeasty/bready character, this one was forward in the floral department. I loved it.
I didn't buy any; I was unsure I'd like a pure Pinot Blanc champagne, and the price wasn't conducive for experimentation. Maybe I'll try one next time I see it, or rely on the generosity of a friend.

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#726 Post by Frank Murray III » July 29th, 2019, 6:37 pm

A couple from last night, and finished the V et S tonight, as we had some leftovers that I kept under a tight seal.
  • 2010 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Coeur de Cuvée - France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru (7/29/2019)
    Same specs as the bottle a few weeks ago. December 2016 disgorge date. This showed well. Limey, spicey with the Vilmart acidity at play. Bitter lemon and lees in the finish along with a good dose of slate. Terrific.
  • 2014 Vouette et Sorbée Champagne Blanc d'Argile Brut Nature - France, Champagne (7/29/2019)
    Disgorged October 2017. 100% Chard. Lemon peel, saline, and as we tasted this next to the 2008 Vilmart CdC, there is a striking difference. The V et S is steely, chocked with acidity, apple and a zesty, lemony finish. The cut in this wine, I can feel it going down my palate. The power of the wine is evident, and I do think some age will soften some of that energy and round out the edges.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#727 Post by Frank Murray III » August 4th, 2019, 9:26 am

  • 2013 Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Beaux Sens - France, Champagne (8/4/2019)
    First bottle of two. Dosage is listed as 4-5 g/l. This has a briny quality, with yellow apple, black cherry, lime chew with a cool, creamy texture. Perceived a little oxidative quality here, too. Enjoyed this.
  • 2016 Lorimar Grenache Rosé Sparkling - USA, California, South Coast, Temecula Valley (8/4/2019)
    It was hard to drink this alongside some other Champagne, like Godme and Chartogne-Taillet. The net result is that this wine ends up coming off to me syrupy with hard red candy.
  • NV Camille Savès Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé Bouzy - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (8/4/2019)
    Don't have any back label info, as we tasted this blind. Peach colored, strawberry, zesty lime, lots of acid. Tangy finish. Dominant here is the zesty core, but this was beat in the blind side-by-side by the Hugues Godme NV Rose, which was much better balanced to me.
  • NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (8/4/2019)
    Drank in a blind format. Disgorged January 2019, 3 g/l with 65% PN and 35% Chard. This showed excellent. Lightly peach colored with raspberry and saline, lightly creamy with spot-on balance, finishing with a fresh citrus note.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#728 Post by etomasi » August 4th, 2019, 10:03 am

opened a 1996 Duval-Leroy last night. Drinking fantastically right now, very similar to the last time I've had this back in 2014.
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#729 Post by Yao C » August 4th, 2019, 6:09 pm

Gabin et Felix Richoux Irancy 'Cremant de Bourgogne'
Delicious strawberries and cream, with none of the mid-palate hollowness you expect from a cheaper bottle; all fun and frivolity and a perfect mid-afternoon tipple; good minus

2012 Jean Milan Blanc de Blancs 'Terres de Noel'
This is all finesse and balance; pear and yeast; fresh and yet not searingly acidic; light and airy yet with real weight on the palate; dosage perfectly judged; more of an aperitif-style champagne at this point but with lots of promise for the future; going to hold some bottles for 10 years (!); good plus with upside
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#730 Post by William Segui » August 4th, 2019, 6:26 pm

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 9:47 am
1997 Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion - Scrumptious, mature and nutty, a perfect caviar pairing and utterly satisfying.
Great note. Bought a few 08’s on reputation, promptly took them to offsite. Will have to look around for some aged expressions.

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#731 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » August 5th, 2019, 3:56 am

William Segui wrote:
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Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 9:47 am
1997 Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion - Scrumptious, mature and nutty, a perfect caviar pairing and utterly satisfying.
Great note. Bought a few 08’s on reputation, promptly took them to offsite. Will have to look around for some aged expressions.
My '08s are all in storage as well, but I had one recently courtesy of a generous friend and am very optimistic on its future.

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#732 Post by Steve Nordhoff » August 8th, 2019, 12:34 pm

Two on very different planes:

2008 VC Rose- I had this a year or two ago and liked it. We polished several bottles on a group dinner for my Wife's bday. Light cranberry/orange color. Smells of strawberries. Very nice balance, good acid and not too heavily dosaged. Very tasty and ready to go.

2008 Cristal- The wife got this for her bday. My first. Crammed to the gills with Champagne goodness. The depth and breadth here are amazing, but this is way too young right now, imho. The 2009 is much more open and pleasurable. Bury these, but a legend with time for sure.
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#733 Post by EHeffner » August 8th, 2019, 4:08 pm

Bereche brut reserve - disgorged January 2019

TN = tasty. Would re-buy, just wish my local source was cheaper
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#734 Post by EHeffner » August 9th, 2019, 5:52 pm

EHeffner wrote:
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Bereche brut reserve - disgorged January 2019

TN = tasty. Would re-buy, just wish my local source was cheaper
TN Night 2 = Even tastier.
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#735 Post by Frank Murray III » August 9th, 2019, 7:15 pm

  • 2012 Vazart-Coquart Champagne Grand Cru Grand Bouquet - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (8/9/2019)
    Third bottle, as I reloaded some a few months ago. Seeing Rocknroller and chablis28 TNs, I decided to give another bottle tonight a go. Disgorged June 2018, 100% Chard from Chouilly with 6 g/l dosage. This bottle showed well, with same lemon peel and fresh apple notes, with the 'dry stone minerals' that chablis 28 made reference to in his (?) TN. This bottle is refreshing, with some honey from the dosage mixing in as the wine warms. I had to put the stopper on the last 1/3rd of the bottle or I may have just plowed through the rest of it.
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2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#736 Post by Yao C » August 12th, 2019, 1:54 pm

2012 Moussé Fils Blanc de Noirs 'Terre d'illite'

Mostly meunier; disgorged 2017; 5g/l dosage

Lively citrus and red fruit shot through with a curious vegetal note that makes me think of coriander. Maybe from the pinot meunier? Light, brisk and refreshing. Delicious this hot summer afternoon. Surprisingly substantial on the palate with a long mineral finish. Well-made though if I'm honest I prefer blanc de blancs. Decent plus
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#737 Post by michael ottesen » August 15th, 2019, 12:31 pm

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#738 Post by Hank Victor » August 15th, 2019, 12:55 pm

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#739 Post by Jim Stewart » August 15th, 2019, 4:42 pm

Egly-Ouriet "Les Vignes de Vrigny. We cancelled our restaurant reservation and decided to celebrate our 44th anniversary relaxed and "al fresco". This Champagne was recommended to me a while back by Doug Schulman. This was a WOW for us. DELICIOUS! Dry, fruit, spice and leesy yeast playing nicely together. Brought home to me that good Champagne has the flavors and complexity of a fine wine with the added bonus of bubbles and that yeasty/bready thing. We have opened Dom Perignon our last few anniversaries and this was in no way less enjoyable. Thanks, Doug!
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#740 Post by Merrill Lindquist » August 15th, 2019, 5:01 pm

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jacquesson 741
I had this I think it was over the past weekend. I really enjoyed it, and particularly for the price. What did you think of it?
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#741 Post by Merrill Lindquist » August 15th, 2019, 5:04 pm

Oh boy...just opened a Philipponnat Mareuil-sur-Ay 2008. Outstanding! My Champagne partner smiled from cheek to cheek upon his firsts sips. Yep, a winner. Have not had this before.
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#742 Post by Warren Taranow » August 15th, 2019, 9:24 pm

A very nice Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle with seared fresh local halibut, local corn and osetra.
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#743 Post by K John Joseph » August 16th, 2019, 7:06 am

Warren, are you interested in adopting an adult? Will pay rent. Seeking competitive bidding between you, Frank, and Blake Brown.
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#744 Post by Warren Taranow » August 16th, 2019, 7:16 am

K John Joseph wrote:
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Warren, are you interested in adopting an adult? Will pay rent. Seeking competitive bidding between you, Frank, and Blake Brown.
Sorry, with the way we've been spending on food, wine and travel, we can't afford kids.
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#745 Post by Mark Golodetz » August 16th, 2019, 7:19 am

Piper 2002 Rare. Excellent, needs another decade.
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#746 Post by Hank Victor » August 16th, 2019, 8:28 am

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Hank Victor wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 12:55 pm
jacquesson 741
I had this I think it was over the past weekend. I really enjoyed it, and particularly for the price. What did you think of it?
really nice wine based off the 2013 vintage. Very well balanced between fruit and autolytic notes.
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#747 Post by Frank Murray III » August 16th, 2019, 9:54 am

John, so adopting you, I have to ask.....do I still need to pay for your college? That will of course factor into my decision when I discuss it with my wife. [rofl.gif]
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#748 Post by K John Joseph » August 19th, 2019, 8:22 am

Frank Murray III wrote:
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John, so adopting you, I have to ask.....do I still need to pay for your college? That will of course factor into my decision when I discuss it with my wife. [rofl.gif]
Neither college nor law school. But you'll have to do my laundry, feed me, and share your wine with me. I pay rent and a portion of utilities. But my wife and three kids and two dogs take up some space, so we'll need more than one room. I mean. We're all kind of nice most of the time, so it should be a no brainer.
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#749 Post by Frank Murray III » August 20th, 2019, 4:06 pm

John, I spoke to Dr Jill and she has declined our idea to adopt. Sorry for that news.

As to some more bubbly, we drank these three side by side over the weekend. The Marguet just didn't land for me, with the wood tones seeming to get in the way of the wine. For me, this is not in the same class as Les Crayeres or La Grand Ruelle. Of note, the Les Crayeres is 30% Chardonnay, and that wine drinks with a level of class that is pretty stellar. Anyhoo, some TNs to help keep this thread chugging along.
  • 2012 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Bermonts - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (8/20/2019)
    Disgorged Sept 2017, no dosage and this bottle's back label indicated some sulfur was used. I pulled this because I wanted to give this a closer look. Admittedly, I have been a big vocal fan of the Marguet wines and continue to be, although I have to say this Les Bermonts didn't light me up as say Crayeres or Grand Ruelle have (which in fairness I suppose is that these are both primarily PN cuvees). Lemon peel and lees aromas, along with a dried herb. Spicy apple sauce, light tonic water, lime zest, ginger and a spicy honey finish. Retasted the following day, with some remaining CO2 that hung on. The wood shows on the wine when it is still, adding an element that doesn't fit for me. Ultimately, the wine doesn't have the class and polish for me that the other Marguet wines show. I did buy the 2014 so we'll have to see if that rings better for me when they arrive. And, I will drink my final 2012 of this wine in a blind lineup when the time is right, to see how it fares with others.
  • 2015 Marie Courtin Champagne Presence - France, Champagne (8/20/2019)
    Another bottle of the May 2018 disgorgement. 70% Chard / 30% Pinot Blanc, no dosage. Green apple, mint, some melon, good precision and delineation, finishing with some lime chew and mineral. The fruit core here is terrific, the wine is built together well and this showed equally well.
  • NV Camille Savès Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé Bouzy - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (8/20/2019)
    This showed well. No label info, at least easy to discern, which makes it hard to compare this wine over multiple past bottles. Same blend as usual, with 60 Pinot, 28 Chard and 12 percent still added. Peach colored, dried red fruit, cherry, watermelon, lime and some good minerality.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#750 Post by Blair Ridley » August 20th, 2019, 4:19 pm

Frank Murray III wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 7:15 pm
  • 2012 Vazart-Coquart Champagne Grand Cru Grand Bouquet - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (8/9/2019)
    Third bottle, as I reloaded some a few months ago. Seeing Rocknroller and chablis28 TNs, I decided to give another bottle tonight a go. Disgorged June 2018, 100% Chard from Chouilly with 6 g/l dosage. This bottle showed well, with same lemon peel and fresh apple notes, with the 'dry stone minerals' that chablis 28 made reference to in his (?) TN. This bottle is refreshing, with some honey from the dosage mixing in as the wine warms. I had to put the stopper on the last 1/3rd of the bottle or I may have just plowed through the rest of it.
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Thanks for the TN, Frank. I picked up a couple more of these after Greg gifted me one in February. Good stuff for sure. I'm trying to keep my hands off these for a bit, but the way my wife and I have been destroying champagne lately, they may not make it til the new year...

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